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#AboutLastWeek: First-hand lessons from Netflix, Oracle takes the floor and Bitcoin halving takes charge

Gabriela Motroc
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Each Monday we take a step back and analyze what has happened in the previous week. Last week we witnessed the Bitcoin halving, we received first-hand lessons from Mike McGarr, manager of Netflix Developer Productivity, about the unicorn company’s culture and we invited the MicroProfile creators to explain the perks of this initiative.

First-hand lessons from Netflix

A significant chunk of DevOps rhetoric centers around “unicorn” companies like Netflix, Etsy, Facebook and many more. They are held up as the models enterprises should emulate. But what makes a place like Netflix so special? What does life inside a unicorn company look like? Is the famous Netflix culture deck true to life or just hype? Most importantly, what lessons can I take back to my employer? Watch the video to find out.

Beyond the Culture Deck: What You Don’t Already Know About Netflix from JAX TV on Vimeo.

MicroProfile: „The time for the monolithic Java EE platform standard is possibly over“

Red Hat recently joined forces with Payara, IBM, Tomitribe and the London Java Community to create MicroProfile, an open forum which aims to bring microservices to Enterprise Java. Martijn Verburg, the co-organizer of the London Java Community, told that “the goal of MicroProfile is to bring collaboration around microservices for enterprise Java developers.  This is very separate to the Guardians group, who are advocating Oracle to put resources back into the Java EE 8 platform.”

Java EE has clearly stalled with the lack of progress on Java EE 8. Although many of us feel that the time for the monolithic Java EE platform standard is possibly over, there’s still enormous value in having standards around key pieces of Java Enterprise technology. Enterprise Java does after all still drive billions of dollars worth of IT business and directly or indirectly drives trillions of dollars in the global economy.

Oracle takes the floor

Oracle spokesman Mike Moeller told The Registerthat the tech giant has not given up on Java EE. Furthermore, plans for the future of Java EE 8 will be unveiled during the JavaOne conference in San Francisco in two months. Moeller revealed that there is a “very well defined proposal” for Java EE 8 and that Oracle has joined forces with key partners in the Java community to bring it to fruition. The broader Java community will receive all the details in September.

 The company’s cryptic message created mixed feelings among the community:

Bitcoin halving

The biggest news about the Bitcoin halving is that nothing really happened. The rate did fall a bit on Saturday, but dramatic changes may come in the following months. The hashrate was still running at 1,547,796,830 GH/s on Sunday.

The next halving will take place at block 630,000.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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